Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on October 29, 1970 · Page 10
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, October 29, 1970
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AH About Town- Collecting Christmas Plates An Absorbing Hobby by dot monahan You know, we have a father who is still stumbling around,,, ., on Christmas Eve in a worried ! daze, "What shall I give Mother for Christmas?" A few years ago a merchant-friend suggested Chanel No. 5 and ever since, the women in his family are assured of Chanel No. 5. Should some of you gentlemen be in such a state, lot us give you some suggestions in "All About Town". We don't promise to be inexpensive, but we promise to be reasonable. How's Suggestion No. One a Christmas Plate. If you are not familiar with the Christmas Plate series, let a legend. Many, ago. the wealthy us pass on many years people of Christmas Europe custom started a of giving Open Daily at 11 A.M. Phone 792-9673 For innilly anfl summer par- tins, older a instv, each servant a platter heaped with fruit, cookies, candies and other good things to eat. At first, the platter was probably a crude thing of wood, and very little thought was given to it. The rich focused their attention on the contents of the tray, hoping to bring a little cheer into the lives of the recipients by giving them especially good things to eat around the holiday season. The servants looked forward each Christmas to receiving their gifts. Since these people had few things in their homes which were not utilitarian, perhaps it was only natural that they began hanging these platters on their walls after the food was eaten. They called the platters their "Christmas plates." Later the employers learned their servants were comparing their platters with those of other servants in other households, and began giving more consideration to the plate itself. Eventually they were made of many materials, and the wealthy in an effort to outdo one another, commenced to devote more attention to the plate itself than to its contents. Later they started dating each platter so that it would be easy to see which year it had been given. Thus began the custom of making and collecting Christmas Plates . . . The Chinese were the first to make underglaze porcelain, during the Ming Dynasty, 13681644, and for centuries they guarded their secret well. European potters made many attempts to produce the por- Times Herald, Carroll, la. ThuMday, Oct. 29. 1970 celain small process, but sucesses, with until only at QUICK CASH Meissen near Dresden, it was produced for the first time. Ten years later Meissen'* secret was pirated and gradually the knowledge spread throughout Europe. Porcelain was believed made at Copenhagen as early as 1760. The plates have told the story of Denmark's 1000 recorded history since 1895 when Bing & Grondahl issued their first Christmas Plate, the picturesque skyline of Copenhagen. Some Danish families — one generation following another have been employed at B&G for over 100 years. Around 1200 people worked to turn out your 1970 plate. Each plate is seven inches across, and requires a total of 50 hours firing. B&G accept orders from distributors until July 3; after this the orders are refused. After Christmas, all melds are destroyed. This policy is instrumental in turning the plates into collector's items. Once the supply is exhausted in your local shops, it is necessary to purchase them from antique shops. The B&G plates through the years have told the story of the little country of Denmark and its people. They have told of their way of life, their hopes and dreams, conquests and accomplishments. It is as if the artist had set the Danish heart before the world. And what does the world see? Castles with curved gables of another day. Churches, village churches and city cathe- on an enclosed pamphlet. In 1962 "The Little Mermaid' from the ballet adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales Told For Children was the theme. Carl Jacobsen, founder of Carlsberg Breweries and donor of several of Copenhagen's fine monuments attended the original performance of the ballet. He was so impressed with the leading lady's protrayal, he commissioned the sculptor Edvard Eriksen to creat a statue of the little mermaid. The bronze life-size statue was finished in 1913, and since that time rested on a stone near the beginning of the beautiful half-mile long promenade in Copenhagen. Shortly after the issue of the 1962 plate vandals broke off the head of the little mermaid. This affected the price of the plate, which is worth $132.00. The plates are not only a lovely gift, but a good investment, as they increase in value three to four dollars each year Once the mold drals. Ships at rigged sailboats sea. Square- heading for is destroyed, never again will it be possible to buy another at $14.50. It is surprising how the plates increase so rapidly. Th« 1959 Royal Copenhagen, for instance is worth some $250.00 odd dollars. People unfamiliar with both series often say, "I can't remember which is which". The Royal Copenhagen is the one with the circle about the outside, most often filled with stars and acorns. We wish there were time and space to tell you some of the stories of the various plates, enchanting little tales of animals and fowl dear to the hearts of the Danish people. Many of the Royal Copenhagen series are passages from the Bible, in picture. Many Carrollites have collected the Christmas Plates for years, and picking up their plates is as much a part of the holiday chores as choosing the tree, and trimming it, or stuffing a plump turkey. So if your looking for just the right gift for someone special, why not buy her a Christmas Plate. You will not only be giving a gift to be admired every day of the year and for years to come, you will be solving your gift problem for all time. For once a Christmas Plate and its story finds its way into a woman's kitchen, or wherever she chooses to hang it, she will be eagerly awaiting the next in the series. And it is not only a gift, but an investment, for it soon increases in value, both love-wise and money-wise. For several years, the Loft was the sole source of the two Danish Plates, not only for Car- rollites, but for buyers of surrounding counties. We have obtained our material from the Loft, and we say thank you, Mac. We also, in all fairness, try never to be partial, so we must say, that the plates are available in downtown shops this year. Two, we are certain carry them, and there may be more, since the many items being added to Carroll shops, we might miss someone, so we will just say that they may be purchased downtown, as well. The Loft has donated several books on the Danish plates to your public library. And now, a final note, on our first gift suggestion. Many firms both new and old in the pottery field are coming out with Christmas Plates. And while they are undoubtedly fine products, they do not as yet carry the heritage and traditon of the Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl series. Next, on Thursday, we will bring a surprising source of reasonably priced Christmas gifts. There are any number of Car- rollites who are avid collectors of the Danish Christmas Plates, who have spent many years acquiring them. We preferred to visit with one, Mrs. Ralph (Helen) Crane, who has been collecting but five years. We felt she would be an inspiration to those of you who have had intentions of collecting the plates, but for one reason or another haven't started as yet. Helen has arranged her Danish Plates on three walls of the Crane dining room in an attractive design, which sets the blue and white porcelain off beautifully. It is immaterial what colors the collectors use in his display room, for the plates go well anywhere. Among the 25 plates, both Bing & Grondahl, and Royal Copenhagen, Mrs. Crane is fortunate to possess the 1909 edition of the Royal Copenhagen series, which is the second of that series. Many would have searched possibly ifor years and still not have found one of such early vintage. Mrs. Crane found hers in a Kimballton, Iowa antique shop. For the first three years of R&C, the plates were 6 ] /4 inches, and after that were standardized to the present 7 inch plate. "The plate I wish I could identjfy is the series lost when a ship sank on the way from Denmark with all of that year's Teaching Vacancies More Than Doubled The number of Iowa tea We'll Solve your Cash Problems With a Home Equity Loon A HOME EQUITY LOAN is really quite simple. When you bought your home and ever since, the down payment and the payments you have made have built up an equity for you that is valuable. We loan you money on the basis of how much equity you have built up in your home. We'll make you a loan that you can pay off on small payments and you stretch them out over a period of up to 5 years. A new wonderful way to get instant cash when you need it. finance company Fort Dodge •••i (Political Advertisement) Delbert L. Patrick Branch Manager Carroll Phone 712-792-4336 home with the Christmas star shining above. Small freighters with the ships boy at the tiller facing the light of the Star, thinking of home and his loved ones. Fishing boats heading for the 'harbor. But most of all it saw Christmas and its reflection in the Danish heart. There must be food set out for the animals, for they were and are a part of that first Christmas in the stable. There must be a special sheaf of choice grain set out for the wild birds. Every five years, a nine-inch anniversary plate, called a Jubilee Plate is made, featuring the year of the original and the year of the Jubilee. The other Danish Christmas plate, equally crafted, equally famous, and as beautiful is the Royal Copenhagen series. For its motif the Royal Copenhagen factory chose the "Madonna and Child" in 1908 when it released the first Christmas Plate. The blue and white porcelain a choice medium for depicting the subject. For many years blue has been symbolic of the Virgin Mary, and white has in- icated purity. Today the plate is worth $1,275.00! The first Bing & Grondahl is now valued at $2,100.00! Each plate in 1970 will sell for $14.50, and because the mold is destroyed, it readily increases in value. Each plate carries the story to improve conditions so that vacancies existing one week ea ch child may have an oppor- before school was scheduled tunity to learn from a fully to begin has more than doubled this year according to a study made by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA). Superintendents from 42 Iowa school districts reported there were 79 teaching vacancies m the state in late August a week before classes were scheduled to begin munities. in In most 1969, Iowa com- 31 superintendents reported 37 vacancies to the ISEA. "Although the vacancy total seems small, we still have a long way to go before we can meet our goal of having all public school children in Iowa taught by fully qualified teachers," commented Reynard Satory, president of the 37,000- member ISEA. Satory noted that many Iowa classrooms are staffed by teachers unable to meet full state certification requirements. Last year, there were more than 1,890 educators holding teaching and administrative positions in Iowa schools who were unable to meet state certification requirements according to information obtained from the State Department of Public Instruction. "Now that we are able to attract more people into the | (Political Advertisement) (Political Advertisement) (Political Advertisement) A New Voice... Speaking For You! Tax Reform Educational Needs Drug Abuse Environmental Concern We will be working together to achieve a better Iowa for ourselves _ and our children. VOTE! MARY BAUMHOVER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATE Carroll - Crawford - Monona Counties Your* Support Will Be Appreciated Boumhover for Senate, Jan Moiman, Treasurer. teaching that we profession, won't have we feel to compromise our position on teacher qualifications any longer," Satory commented. Ht saM fh* ISEA is planning to prepare a report that would provide a breakdown of the number of educators with temporary certificates in each school district later this year. "With this report, we hope to alert local citizens and have them work with our members qualified teacher," Satory said. Superintendents were asked to indicate only stress subjects where real difficulty in recruiting was experienced. Therefore, •those listed inlicate a problem area. The subjects in the series are reported from highest to lowest times mentioned. Elementary stress subjects areas totaled 18 including Kindergarten and all grades. Difficult elementary subjects specified were: Lower Elementary, Art, Special Education, Instrumental Music, Principal, Librarian, Vocal Music; Physical Education — Grades 1-12, 6th Grade, 5th and 6th Departmental Science, Music, Upper Elementary; German, Vocal Music — K-12, Men Teachers, Social Worker, Librarian — English, All Elementary. Twelve stress subjects in the junior high school which were cited as difficult to fill were: Science, Art, Vocal Music, Industrial Arts; Mathematics, All Junior High, Reading, Literature; Counselor, Instrumental Music, Librarian-English, Science- Mathematics. Thirty-seven stress subject fields hard to fill in high school were: Instrumental Music, Science, Art, Counselor, Industrial Arts, Physics, Vocal Music, Mathematics, English, Librarian, Mathematics-Physics, Physics- Chemistry; Spanish-English, Spanish ling Coach, Librarian-English, History, Government-Economics, Foreign Language, Psychologist, Music, Latin, Auto Mechanics, Biology, Assistant Principal, Special Education — 3 district cooperative. Reasons making securing qualified teachers difficult: Difficult Subjects or Combinations — 92; Draft — 41; Location — 17; Higher Pay and Fringes in 1 Business and Industry, Other Teaching Positions, Federal or State Government, etc. — 16; Late Resignations — 3; School Size — 2; Other: Listed once each — Waited too long before deciding to hire additional teacher; couldn't be certified (J. F. Kennedy College); school needs repair; must travel between schools; team-teaching approach. LBJ (Continued From Jage 1) understanding (him and knowing more about him when *hey meet his wife. "And I'm sure some of that must rub off on other candidates too." Mrs. Johnson emphatically declared there were no regrets at all over her husband's decision not to run in 1968. "We gave it all we had," and she feels "satisfied enough" about those presidential years. Mrs. Johnson said "I don't think there's a chance" a president can become isolated and surrounded by yes-men as has been suggested by former Johnson press secretary George Reedy. Chemistry, All Senior High, Journalism, Earth Science, Speech-Hearing, Nurse, Drivers Education, Special Education, Vocational, Home Economics; Coaching Combination, Wrest- GET A Here's a really big idea from Gus Gfaser Meats: they're datedl The first number is the month, the second number is the day and just by looking, anyone can tell the last day the meat is .guarantied fresh. You and your butcher know that Gus Glaser Wieners, Smorgasbord Pale, Gourrfiet Pale, Ham Slices, all of the new vacuum packaged sliced luncheon meats are fresh because you can see the date stamped on every package, "Nobody has such a barrage of information flung at him. And quite truly it is not all plaudits and friendly and hurrays. It's on the three faces of television (the three networks) and all that stack of papers lying on his bed that come in with his tea every morning. "How can he fail to listen? He has his mail. A wise person, almost anybody, would ifeel it necessary to be alttuned to that mail. I know Lyndon did. And then there are senators from both parties and loud voices proclaiming their vews. No, I don't think there's a chance." Mrs. Ralph M. Crane plates meant for America. The plates vary in value according to popularity of that particular year. Many will stay at one value for a number of years and perhaps the next will jump many times that amount," Mrs. Crane said. "How did you happen to start collecting?" "My mother's family were Danish. I think most people of Danish ancestry have at least some of the plates. In 1968 my husband brought both plates of tat year. But I have acquired many of tihe past years from antique shops in Seaside, Oregon and Solvang, California. You see, I am trying to find all back to 1960. I thought that would be a round number to begin with. I wish I had started years ago." "I also have some of the R&C and B&G figurines." (We did not cover those because we frankly did not have room, but they are native Danish people in glazed porcelain, done with remarkable facial detail.) Mrs. Crane has cleverly incorporated her flair for needle* work by using crewel seascapes; along side her plate arrange?) ments. We have seen a grouping on several walls with but one or two Danish plates among, other hangings, and even but one plate hung singly can be attractive in a narrow space. To thank Mrs. Crane for our visit, may we say it in the name of all of Danish descent arid all who wish they were. n ' Mrs. Crane has begun the Mother's Day collection begun only last year by Bing & Grondahl, and the Christmas series' of Wedgewood. At the present^ she is working on a patchwork quilt of velvet and silks, many scraps, gifts of friends. When it is finished we have been in-; vited back to Helen Crane's and although we didn't ask as yet, we hope to have a picture and 1 ' story. :\', ENDS October Sale ON All Cose Tractors Customer Check (up to $1,200) Redeemable on specified implements and harvest equipment. That's exactly what you'll get when you buy a 30 series Case tractor. You will receive a check worth up to $500 if you purchase a 70 series Case tractor. These checks will be written for credit on purchase of new Case equipment. Just think—a check worth up to $1,200 will be written out to you, to buy new Case equipment you need. Let's face it: who doesn't need some new equipment? Well now you can get up to $1,200 worth free. Just purchase a 30 series tractor and receive up to $1,200 in credit, or purchase a 70 series tractor and receive up to $500 in credit toward purchase of new Case equipment. Hurry - Ends Saturday! • WAIVER until 3-1-71 or Special Cash Discount. • A FEW '30 Series Tractors left at LOW LOW Bargain Prices. CASE Power Gr Equipment GUSQLASER MEATS, INC, FORT DODGE, IOWA Now! Bring Your Car to Denny Alspach at the Phillips 66 Now , . . I'm in business for myself and ready and willing to give your car th« care it deserves. I will appreciate ,our business. o ennv * General Automotive * Carburetor and Ignition * Irak* Work * Winter Tuneup... * Lubrication Service * Whatever your cor needs DENNY'S PHILLIPS SERVICE Highway 30 and North Clark St. (Phillips 66) Phone 792-9710

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